Lampard says no qualms about doing a 'Henry' for England

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London, Mar 13(ANI): England midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that he would not mind 'cheating' like France striker Thierry Henry did against Ireland if it meant getting his team through to the World Cup final.

During France's playoffs against Ireland four months ago, Henry used his hand twice to control the ball before delivering a cross to William Gallas who scored a goal, which decided the fate of the game. enry was labeled a 'cheat' for not owning up the handball.

"You know, I probably wouldn't say anything! I felt a bit sorry for Henry, because it was an instinctive action," The Sun quoted Lampard, as saying.

"I think it's probably easier to own up after the game. At least you're through then! That is probably the wrong thing to say, isn't it? But if I did own up and it cost us the game, I would probably be lynched when I got back to England," he added.

The 31-year-old further said that he is looking forward to England reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

Lampard will also be first in England manager Fabio Capello's list to take penalties despite messing up in the quarterfinal against Portugal in 2006.

"I'm a regular penalty-taker and I think, if that's the case, you're obliged to volunteer," Lampard said.

When asked if he would be going for power or placement, Lampard said: "I've tried to place it before and I mucked it up against Portugal. I think if you're really confident, then place it. But if you're a bit nervous, put your foot through it." (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 12:13 [IST]
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